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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Allée Verte – Child care centre and dwellings in Paris, France by Clermont Architectes

July 17th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Clermont Architectes

Construction of a child care centre and dwellings

The neighborhood of the Allée Verte, located between the Boulevard Beaumarchais and the Boulevard Richard Lenoir, near the Bastille, is characterized by the heteroclite aspect of its buildings. An old suburban architecture meets, not always easily, more modern real-estate constructions. The building of the Allée Verte is a part of this environment thanks to a simple balance between volumes and materials.

Side View (Images Courtesy Daniel Osso)

  • Architect: Clermont Architectes
  • Name of Project: Allée Verte – Child care centre and dwellings
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Client: SGIM / Ville de Paris
  • Collaborator: Emilien Robin
  • Engineers: CE Ingénierie
  • Economist: François Gandon
  • Photograph: Daniel Osso
  • Materials/products used in this project: Coating, Pilkington Profilit (U-shaped profiled glass), Wood siding (Oregon pine), fibrocement pannels by Eternit

The duality of its program is expressed by the superposition of two clearly identifiable entities: the plastered façades and the glass panels of the dwellings overhang the wooden volume of the child care centre.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Daniel Osso)

The presence of the child care centre’s garden on the ground floor, along the future tree-lined mall in the rue Nicolas Appert, involves an additional constraint: for safety reasons, the windows of the dwellings must not overhang this area dedicated to children.

Side View (Images Courtesy Daniel Osso)

Placed directly on the wooden base of the child-care centre, the dwellings are organized in a L-form around a vegetated flat roof. Thus is given to each dwelling a double orientation, between the street and the vegetal flat roof.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Daniel Osso)

Overhanging the garden, the façade made of fixed glass panels diffuses the natural light inside the dwellings. The façade on the Allée Verte, plastered with a bright coating, is randomly animated by the bay-windows, the loggias and the bow-windows.

Images Courtesy Daniel Osso

Around the vegetal flat roof, the Eternit panels, arranged in a scale pattern, create a play of shadows on the façades. Under this layer,  coloured sliding shutters display variation depending on whether the inhabitants are there or not.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Daniel Osso)

The child-care centre, organized around a central patio, gives priority to the connection with the garden, by preserving wide areas for openings towards the outside. The simplicity of volumes and lines and the proportions adapted to the life and vision of the children offer a serene and welcoming setting, intentionally avoiding any “puerile” connotation.

Images Courtesy Daniel Osso

In the upper floors, the natural light bathes the inside of the building, in the dwellings as well as in the common areas. Every kitchen has a loggia, offering both a visual extension and a daily quality of life. On the two last floors, two duplex have access to a wide and sun-lighted flat roof, overhanging the roof of Paris.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Daniel Osso)


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